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Monthly playlist-Favourite albums January 2024

Posted: 25th February 2024 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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logo playlistUnlike others, we love winter and its darkness, and we look forward to the releases of the season. The soundtrack of the first long month of the year had everything from post-folk, to metal and heavy psych. We enjoyed impressive debut releases and promising self-released music and once again we were amazed by the paths that sonic experimentation is able to open in our consciousness.

But let’s take things from the beginning, a year that begins with a new release by New Model Army, must prove to be quite the memorable one. Never mind the band’s well established socio-political criticism of the state of affairs around the world through their lyrics. Their latest album ‘unbroken’ manages to incorporate Cretan lyra rhythms, typically found in traditional dances of Crete within their sound that also includes (in other parts of the album) metal/heavy guitar riffs. Those who follow the band will know that there are albums when New Model Army embrace melody and fantasy in their sound and visuals and other years when these are set aside. This latest album belongs to the second category and as with every verse that comes out of Justin Sullivan’s mouth, it awakes a fighting spirit that every other part of life seems to want to keep dormant!

The new album by Data Fragments is a true post-punk revelation, and the reason is that it manages to create an osmosis between sounds that fans of the dark alternative scene since the 80s would be very familiar with. What is worth mentioning here is not as much that this band has good influences, but that their influences cover the 80s Belgian coldwave scene, the modern post-punk revival, Greece’s punk music tradition and the way it manifested in the 90s as well as the more obscure, new wave/dreamy sound that came out of labels like the legendary Sarah Records. I think in the white noise that is created by the abundance of independent/underground releases, the album ‘Total Absence Of Light’ deserves your attention as well as a place in your collection.

Now brace yourselves for SLIFT‘s new album ‘ILION’ full of heavy psych and metal elements, slow rhythms and a ceremonial attitude to all of the above. Listening to this album on repeat made one thing clear – SLIFT are bearers of some important message and this is the sound they created in order to communicate it with us.

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Monthly playlist-Favourite albums November 2023

Posted: 27th December 2023 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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logo playlistOne month before the end of the year, our favourite albums covered all the colours of the industrial/noise music spectrum offering a lot of room for self-reflection. There were some very memorable come backs during this month and the first was the new album by Riotmiloo, probably the conceptually darkest release of the band so far. Taking inspiration from bands like Haus Arafna and Monolith, and developing their sound in such a way so that it reached the depths of their existence, the band has created an almost autobiographical album that has a very strong grip around one’s heart.

Another surprising come back, was that of Lebanon Hanover, who released the EP ‘Better Than Going Away’ and seem to have altered their sound in such a way that the neofolk/militaristic references have become very prominent.

 

The synthwave music spectrum was covered fully with the trippy and very memorable release by Nick Carlisle ‘Bloody Saturnalia’ while the album ‘The Most Dangerous Machine In The World’ by strom|morts can clearly be characterised as the weirdest, experimental release of this month. Next to this, sits the mesmerising storytelling album of Edward Ka-Spel, ‘Tease, Seize…Apply’. We can never get enough of sonic wizard Edward Ka-Spel’s otherworldly stories who always manages to make everything feel lighter and manageable!

Lastly we would like to draw your attention to the forceful ceremonial atmosphere created within the latest dark ambient gem released by Atrium Carceri. This is an album that will immediately transfer you into the dimly lit, mystic corridors of some far away castle and it should not go unnoticed.

We hope you enjoy this playlist as much as we did while preparing it.

 

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Monthly playlist-Favourite Albums September 2023

Posted: 17th October 2023 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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logo playlistIt must have been something crooked that shall remain unnamed that brought back David Eugene Edwards, Hexvessel and Chelsea Wolfe in the same month, or maybe it was the Harvest Moon! The music that we enjoyed in September had more prominent rock elements than anything else but at the same time, the releases of last month moved away from rock rhythms by slowing them down, and infusing them with heaviness, distortion, ceremonial rhythms and some IDM elements too.

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This is a photo review of the live album launch by The Black Delta Movement at the 1o0 Club.

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Monthly playlist-Favourite albums January 2023

Posted: 17th February 2023 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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logo playlistIf January made you want to smash things and, more importantly, if you’ve NEVER had this urge before, then our favourite releases of the month will be the perfect soundtrack for you.

Not only did we have the first solo album by Singapore Sling’s vocalist Henrik Björnsson called The Cult Of One, setting the mood up but we also had an abysmally dark black metal release to go with it by a side project of Gnaw Their Tongues, called Den Edele Dood.

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Monthly playlist-Favourite albums October 2022

Posted: 22nd November 2022 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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logo playlistIt is always the melancholic, the eerie and the mysterious elements in music that tell the most interesting stories. We embrace Autumn and the coming Winter with a soundtrack for a dance bizarre of ghosts – real or imaginary – and creatures of the night. This month, our favourite independent music releases covered the punk, IDM, ethereal, neoclassical, downtempo and rock dimensions of the sonic spectrum. We particularly salute the beautiful come back of The Cult with a release of their new album entitled ‘Under The Midnight Sun’ as well as the new offering by Nox Arcana – ‘Darkfall’, like clockwork in time for the celebration of Samhain.

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Monthly playlist-Favourite albums September 2022

Posted: 9th October 2022 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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logo playlistIf a path cannot be fathomed nor designed, then sound shall carve one out of nothingness. We might not ‘curse’ anyone this time, but our favourite songs celebrate both the realms of death and those of a pastoral nature with equal passion.

 


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Monthly playlist- Favourite albums August 2022

Posted: 22nd September 2022 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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logo playlistThe acceptance of a condition described by the word ‘bizarre’ must come when enveloped by a sinister soundscape. The dreamy state that ensues after such an acceptance should have elements of hypnotic psychedelia. You must listen to this playlist for two reasons: it contains an ancient curse set to music and one of the strangest, more obscure and obscene releases of the year so far. We are of course referring to the new album ‘Drift‘ by Heilung and the crazy release entitled ‘BORDELLOBUIO‘ by BAMBOLABUIO.

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Monthly playlist- Favourite albums December 2021

Posted: 25th January 2022 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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logo playlistDecember, the last month of another dark year, filled with the feelings and news surrounding a pandemic. The soundtrack of the month was nothing but following the collective mood as the world seems to be ‘closing down’ again. We listened to 60 releases during this month and chose those ones who sketched the most wicked, the most obscure and for these reasons, the most interesting sonic journey for us. Enjoy them here and find our favourite songs on the image links.

 

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May 2021 playlist-Favourite albums

Posted: 11th June 2021 by blaue-rosen in Music News,press releases
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